102nd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF Mann. EKNATHJI(SATHANA DIVAS) CELEBRATION
Shri. Eknath Ranade was born on 19 Nov. 1914 at Timtala in Amaravati district of Maharastra. His parents were Ramakrishnarao Ranade and Ramabai. After his studies he started devoting more time on sangha work. He was deeply attracted towards the words of Swamiji.
He felt that a truest memorial to Swamiji should reflect to words and deeds of swamiji and be a living testimony to his idea of India. After the construction of Rock Memorial he established various organisations for the benefit of the people. As a tribute to great soul his birthday is celebrated as Sathana Divas.
Master of ceremony by Mariya Sajeeba of XI Std.
We initiated the programme with prayer song sung by VIII Std boys. The welcome address was delivered by Solai Kesavan of IX Std. The importance of the day was presented by Naveen Kumar of IX Std.
The Presidential address was delivered by Mann. Radha Didi, Dakshin Prant Sangatak of VRM & VK. She expressed that Eknathji had done a big sadhana and as a son of our motherland he dedicated himself to Swamiji’s words. She exhibited that various organisations were found by Mann. Eknathji for the welfare of the people. She shared with us about the fancy dress competition and how the children performed infront of the audience with confidence.
She reminded us about various schools and organisation of Vivekananda Kendra all over India. She instructed that man should stand on his own feet, there is God within ourself and it should be found through education. She inspired us by the thought of Swamiji “Serve man to serve God’. She adviced the students to live for others, to be a good children and to develop their personality.
The boys of VIII Std sang a beautiful song of our Motherland.
The Chief guest Shri. R.S.Sundar, Site Director of Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project addressed the gathering. He expressed that he feels happy to see the students’ participation in the science and Arts exhibition.
He exhibited that Eknathji faced a lot of difficulties in the construction of Rock Memorial, but he overcame it and got victory. He instructed the students to keep their surroundings clean and neat and to avoid plastic. He advised the students to develop their communication skills and asked them to read English newspaper to develop their ability and personality. He asked the students to keep India clean and neat.
Due to Children’s Day celebration various competitions were held in our school and the prizes were distributed by Mann. Radha didi, Chief guest and special guest to the children who performed well.
Mann. Radha didi presented the memento to our chief guest Mr.R.S.Sundar, site director of Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project and to our Special guest Mr.Deva Prakash, Manager public awareness.
The Vote of thanks was proposed by Atchaya of IX std.
We concluded our programme with Kendra Prayer.